February 24, 2012
Apparently, a solution has been found today to unlock Serbia’s EU bid, and also make sure that Kosovo participates in regional forums normally. (Until now agreements have been signed by UNMIK on behalf of Kosovo).
“Kosovo*” will be the only denomination to be used, and a footnote attached to the asterisk will read “this designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
Adding signs could be the solution also to the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia. Greece rejects the name of Macedonia, because this is how its southernmost province is called.
So how about Macedonia*, Macedonia^, or even Macedonia!
By the way, the Prime Minister of Macedonia is expected to discuss this issue with his Greek colleague over the summit on 1-2 March.
Macedonia! would add flavour to headlines. Instead of the unexciting “Barroso meets the Prime Minister of Macedonia”, we would be thrilled to read “Barroso meets the Prime Minister of Macedonia!” Such a honour for Barroso!
And if the government in Skopje wants to discuss with me the copyright for an advertisement campaign “Surprising Macedonia!”, they can just write a comment under this blogpost.